At our little girl’s daycare, every child gets to be the “Star Student” for one week, usually sometime near their birthday. Aylin will be five in a few days (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN‽), so this is her weeks. One of the neat things they do is have each parent write a note to their child, to be read in front of the class. Because the note I wrote is as much about speaking something into her for the future as it is about praising her in the present — and because I know the note won’t make it through the day — I decided to preserve its contents here for posterity.
Aylin’s name means “strong and beautiful”. Her momma and I picked that name because we believe that’s what she will become.
I’m very proud of her because she has a good heart, and because she loves to help others.
She’s lots of fun to hang out with, and it’s a privilege to watch her learn and grow into a woman of character.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. — Proverbs 31.30-31
I love you, Aylin! Daddy-O